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Rose delivers state-of-his-back address

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Anyone who has had back pain knows what Derrick Rose is going through.

"It's just tight where you can't move and when you move and get going the tightness turns to pain," Rose said of his injured back. "Of course, I can't move or walk and things like that. But right now it's getting better. Today, I shot earlier. I didn't move very much. Hopefully, tomorrow I'll be running and we'll see how it feels then."

Rose missed his third straight game Tuesday night with what the team describes as back spasms. He saw a specialist and a chiropractor on Monday after the team returned from a nine-game road trip. He also learned Monday that a MRI revealed no structural damage, which he admitted was a relief.

Rose said the sprained left big toe that sidelined him for five games earlier this season could have been played a role in his back injury.

"I was so worried about it at first," Rose said. "I didn't know where it came from. It's still something where my toe could be the [reason why] I have a pain in my back. Getting my toe right, so it doesn't have any pain in it, and hopefully my back won't have any pain in it."

Rose said the message he is getting from the organization has been clear: Take your time. He met with coach Tom Thibodeau before the game and Thibodeau told him he was most concerned about his health. Rose said the idea of taking an epidural injection to ease the pain was discussed and discarded.

Rose said the idea of taking an epidural injection to ease the pain was discussed and discarded.

"That came up but I'm scared of shots," Rose said. "There's no way I could've done that."

Rose said he expects to heal completely from the injury but didn't put a timetable on when he might return.

"I shouldn't have any problems in the long run," he said. "This back pain should be behind me in a couple days. I should be back out there in a couple days but I'm going to take my time and be smart and make sure I'm stretching."

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